pre·cen·tor /prɪˈsɛntər/

a person who leads a church choir or congregation in singing.

1605–15; < LL praecentor leader in music, equiv. to L praecen-, var. s. of praecinere to lead in singing ( prae– pre- + –cinere, comb. form of canere to sing; see canto) + –tor -tor

—Related forms
pre·cen·to·ri·al  /ˌprisɛnˈtɔriəl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
pre·cen·tor·ship, noun


From the pulpit the precentor intoned the “Edent pauperes.”

Source: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.